On yer bike – it’s the anniversary Triathlon!

Entries are now open for this year’s Erewash Triathlon – one of the borough’s biggest and most popular events on the sporting calendar.
 
The 2017 Triathlon celebrates its 10th anniversary and takes place on Sunday 20 August at West Park in Long Eaton, with hundreds of competitors from across the country expected to once again descend on the town for the popular event.
 
Anyone aged 15 years and over can enter the event, which is popular with people of all abilities from the complete novice through to seasoned triathletes.
The Erewash Triathlon starts with a 400m swim in the West Park Leisure Centre pool followed by a 16km bike before competitors complete the event with a 5km run within West Park. 
Erewash Borough Council is once again working with Stuweb Race Timing Solutions to stage this year’s triathlon.
 
Triathletes can register now online at www.erewashtri.com
 

Egg-citing Easter fun on offer!

Easter themed games, drop in craft sessions, cuddly animals and all things Lego . . . Erewash Museum will host an eggs-travaganza of egg-cellent fun for the school holidays!
 
During the first week children can make and take home Easter themed crafts like finger puppets and bunny ears during free drop in sessions between 11am and 3pm on Monday 10, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 April.
 
On Thursday 13 April, White Post Farm returns by popular demand with a collection of cute and cuddly creatures while there will also be chirpy chick or bunny rabbit face painting and Easter themed games around the museum. There is a charge of £1.50 per child (ages 1 – 16) and an additional charge for face painting.
 
The second week of the holiday will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Lego from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 April between 11am and 3pm with a week of free fun and games, including an activity hunt to find Lego characters and the chance for children to make their own Lego character.
 
The Old Stables Tea Room will be open for light refreshments, including Easter treats and Lego themed cakes.
 
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays.  Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum

Grand designs

Erewash Museum’s arts development team will be hosting a free BBC Get Creative event this Saturday (8th April).
 
Young craft fans can drop in any time between 11am and 3pm to create their very own Victorian inspired cardboard doll’s house using templates. They can then wander around the museum and its grounds to different activity stations to add in a kitchen, parlour and to decorate their very own grand design.
 
Storyteller Patrick Ashcroft will be at the event throughout the day telling Rumer Godden’s tale ‘The Dolls House’, a heart-warming story filled with imagination and creativity.
 
BBC Get Creative is a campaign run by a group of cultural organisations to celebrate and support the everyday creativity happening in homes and public spaces. It aims to inspire people to try something new at home or at a Get Creative event and to encourage people to share their own examples of everyday creativity.

FREE dog health checks

Erewash Borough Council has again joined forces with the PDSA animal charity to bring another four roadshow events that will offer free dog health checks.
 
Erewash dog owners can take their four-legged friends for the free health check by a PDSA veterinary nurse that will cover body condition and weight, teeth and gums, eyes and ears, coat condition and general fitness.  Places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.
 
The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will also be at the events offering free dog micro-chipping and advice between 8.30am and 5pm.
 
The Tuesday to Wednesday health check roadshows will be held from 10am – 5pm, while the Friday event will finish at 4pm:
 
Tuesday 18 April – Cotmanhay Sure Start Centre car park, Beauvale Drive
Wednesday 19 April – Elvaston Street car park, Draycott 
Thursday 20 April – Sawley Community Centre car park, off Draycott Road
Friday 21 April – Cotmanhay Sure Start Centre car park, Beauvale Drive
 
Cats Protection representatives will also be at the events offering FREE cat spay/neuter vouchers for owners. Owners must NOT take their cats to the events and can arrange for their pets to have the procedure at a later date. 

Helping the homeless

Erewash Borough Council Leader Councillor Chris Corbett has again signed up for the overnight charity ‘Sleep Out’ in Long Eaton to help raise awareness of the needs of the homeless in the community.
 
The Sleep Out has become a popular annual event organised by the Long Eaton-based Canaan Trust – an independent charity which supports those who find themselves homeless.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will also support the event by formally ‘launching’ the Sleep Out at 8pm on Friday 21 April alongside the war memorial in Long Eaton Market Place.
 
Residents, sports clubs and other organisations are invited to join in the fundraising event and help raise as much money as possible. Those taking part will ‘bed down’ in the area around the war memorial until 7am the next morning.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“I have willingly given my support and have taken part in every Sleep Out since the event began several years ago. As a council we work alongside and recognise the importance of organisations such as The Canaan Trust, which works hard all year to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community.”
 
Anyone interested in signing up for the Sleep Out should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 946 4903.
 
 
The Canaan Trust, which is based on Main Street in Long Eaton, is a charity that has been working to help homeless people in the borough for more than 20 years.